Alkaline Trio Agony & Irony

Agony & Irony
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  • Released: July 1, 2008
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Epic

Entertainment Reviews:

Spin - p.92
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hey tread fretfully toward maturity and make it seem like walking into the light."
Alternative Press - p.156
3 stars out of 5 -- "With the band revisiting the fundamental idea of being a power trio, songs are re-focused to accommodate live performance....Kicking off with the supremely infectious 'Calling All Skeletons' followed by the sunny, hook-filled single 'Help Me'..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.48
"[With] huge hooks, gloomy themes and the overriding sense of urgency and desperation that Alkaline Trio have always done so exquisitely..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.62
Ranked #10 in Kerrang's Best Albums Of The Year 2008 -- "[S]o long as Skiba never lightens up, Alkaline Trio will remain the masters of the dark, punk rock schadenfreude."
Q (Magazine) - p.135
3 stars out of 5 -- "Six albums in, Matt Skiba's bitter lyrics still have an impressive sting..."


  • 1.Calling All Skeletons
  • 2.Help Me
  • 3.In Vein
  • 4.Over And Out
  • 5.I Found Away
  • 6.Do You Wanna Know?
  • 7.Live Young, Die Fast
  • 8.Love Love, Kiss Kiss
  • 9.Lost And Rendered
  • 10.Ruin It
  • 11.Into The Night

Product Description:

Alkaline Trio: Matt Skiba (vocals, guitar); Daniel Andriano (vocals, bass guitar); Derek Grant (drums).
Personnel: Oliver Goldstein (keyboards).
Audio Mixer: Ryan Williams .
Recording information: Big Sound Studios, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia; Crystal Canyon, Oslo, Norway; Pulse Lake Recording Studio, Silverlake, CA.
Photographer: Myriam Santos-Kayda.
Reader: Douglas P.
Issued three years after Alkaline Trio's well-received CRIMSON, 2008's AGONY & IRONY finds the Chicago-based ensemble continuing to work in its signature brooding punk-pop vein. Despite the skull on AGONY's cover, however, the album isn't as blatantly goth-oriented as CRIMSON, leaving room for vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba to display a wider range of emotions, as heard on the sensitive-yet-punchy single "Help Me" and the cheeky "Love Love, Kiss Kiss." Other highlights of the record include the catchy opener, "Calling All Skeletons," and the dynamic break-up tune, "Over and Out," songs that reinforce Alkaline Trio's status as one of the most respected acts in the overcrowded punk-pop field.

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  • UPC: 886971724721
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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